Ducks winger Teemu Selanne
will make his return to the lineup tonight when the Ducks take on the Predators in Nashville.
Selanne has been out the last 17 games after he sustained a broken bone in his left hand on Dec. 3 at Dallas. He recently had the stitches removed from his hand on Wednesday to clear the way for his return. In 27 games played this season, Selanne has 14 goals (seven on the power play, tied for the team lead with Bobby Ryan
), seven assists and 21 points.
“Teemu is available if we want to use him,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. ”And I would suggest that we will. Unless he comes up sick or doesn’t feel well between now and game time. We plan on using him tonight.”
Said Selanne, "I think I’m ready. Obviously the final thing is it’s going to be a game-time decision. I feel pretty good. I’m very excited.”
Selanne has been skating with the team for the past three weeks but only started shooting the puck for the past couple of days. He said he's itching to get onto the ice for some game action.
“I’ve hit the limit already," he said. "It is time to play.”